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Re: [fluid-dev] Allow soundfonts to be searched from multiple directorie

From: Carlo Bramini
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Allow soundfonts to be searched from multiple directories
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 20:18:56 +0100 (CET)

if I can say my opinion, it would be better to leave that change outside the 
It looks more a feature for the application that it is using FluidSynth.
This introduces also the need to distinguish between 
absolute/relative/virtual/network/etc paths, that can vary on different 
platforms. I doubt that just doing strcat() between the strings inside this 
"synth.soundfont-dirs" and the string written on the command line will be 

Although it may look useful for some typists, command auto-completation and 
command history of the shells give already a solution.


> Il 1 novembre 2018 alle 13.16 Tom <address@hidden> ha scritto: 
> Per request I'm moving this discussion to the mailing list.
> Motivation: https://github.com/FluidSynth/fluidsynth/issues/453
> Current PR: https://github.com/FluidSynth/fluidsynth/pull/454
> Essentially the feature would add an option called " synth.soundfont-dirs". 
> I've chosen to make this a semi-colon delimited list, like 
> "/usr/share/soundfonts/;~/.local/share/soundfonts" (on Windows, it's 
> "C:/soundfonts/"). When specifying soundfonts on the command-line, the new 
> functionality is to look for the soundfont in the current directory, and if 
> it's not there, search the other directories. This is so the user does not 
> need to specify an absolute path everytime.
> Some of the concerns:
> *   How to implement the default path (env. variable, 
> dirname(synth.default-soundfont), custom path)?
> IMO, the most intuitive place is to look in the current directory, then look 
> in locations determined by the filesystem hierarchy (FHS, XDG, etc; and 
> Windows equivalent). If we allow a run-time configurable option, the user can 
> rearrange the search path too. 
> *   Compile-time or run-time configurable?
> Allow it to be compile-time configurable for maintainers to set a reasonable 
> default, but also run-time configurable for user convenience. 
> *   How to deal with other OSs?
> See #1. 
> *   How to deal with files that exist in this default directory as well as in 
> the current working directory?
> See #1. 
> *   After all: Why not writing a simple shell script for your use-case?
> Reducing duplication of effort. I think this patch is simple enough that the 
> user convenience to dev implementation ratio is good enough. 
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